The Xi Psi Chapter Of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Presents…
2012-2013 Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant
What young woman wouldn’t dream of being crowned a queen or at least in this case Miss Black and Gold? On Thursday, April 19th the Xi Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at Hofstra University held their 7th annual Miss Black and Gold Pageant. This gives young women a chance to compete with one another through performing arts, talent, intellectual ability and their all around overview. The young woman who is crowned Miss Black and Gold wins a scholarship for their 2012 -2013 school year and will be alongside with the chapter moving forward to accomplish various community service goals and initiatives. Although only one will be crowned, by participating in this pageant these young women will enhance their interviewing skills, leadership skills, public speaking and on-stage experience.
Let’s get to the show!
The pageant was opened with the National Anthem sung by Diomara Delvalle which was amazing. Next, the two hosts Jonathan Foucault (President of the Xi Psi Chapter) and Krystal Garner (Model/Actress/ Sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha) came on stage and entertained us all. They introduced the lovely contestants to do their introduction dance. After the contestants finished their dance each of these ladies introduced themselves.
Let’s get to know these gorgeous contestants!
Contestant # 1: Davetta Belton. She’s a sophomore at Hofstra University and resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. She studies political science and is a part of organizations such as SP!T, the pre-law society, and Hofstra’s Honors College. She plans on attending law school to pursue her dreams of being a criminal justice lawyer.
“I want to be a lawyer to help the misrepresented minorities within America. I live my life striving to achieve everything that is possible through God’s blessings and I know that with Christ in my life, there is no such thing as failure.”- Davetta Belton
Contestant #2: Camille Cruz. She’s a sophomore at Hofstra University and devotes her efforts in obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. With her interest in media communications and love for technology, her goal is to be the next “voice of New York” and someday produce her own radio show. She is a part of numerous programs/organizations such as an electoral board member of Imani Dance Ensemble, a member of the Hofstra Association of Black Journalists, a writer for HerCampus.com and a dance instructor at Danse Xpressions in Valley Stream.
“To be involved is to know that my efforts make me a more productive member of my community and society. And as the oldest of four girls, I know what it means to be a role model and to set a good example.” – Camille Cruz
Contestant #3: Lauren Cecilia Miller. She is a sophomore studying Dance Performance and computer science. She plans on joining the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is a part of Imani Dance Ensemble, Balance Dance Theater and Restoration Dance Theater.
“My philosophy in life is to never allow anyone to tell you, you cannot accomplish the goals you set forth to achieve.” – Lauren Cecilia Miller
Contestant #4: Claudia Balthazar. She is a sophomore at Hofstra University studying Journalism. She has a deep passion for writing and aspires to be a journalist in hopes that one day she can be the voice of the voiceless and report on the stories that touch the hearts of the people at home. She is the president of the Hofstra Association of Black Journalists, and is a writer and photographer for the Chronicle newspaper and other student publications. She interns with the Mineola Patch.
“I like to believe that the only thing to fear in life is fear itself, because the only true failure in life is to never try at all. So why be afraid?” – Claudia Balthazar
Contestant#5: Derycka Shirley. She is a junior at Hofstra University studying Community Health and Dance. She is the fundraising chair of the Black Student Union and serves as the assistant dance leader at Eastchester Road Church of God.
“I believe that when you give, it will come back tenfold, it may not always be in the physical form, but to gain personal growth is a gift itself.” – Derycka Shirley
Once done with their introduction, the next part was for the ladies to show off their gorgeous and hot swimwear with their stilettos. Each of them had their own style to their swimwear and there weren’t any that I did not like. After a brief break, it was the talent portion of the show. Some recited poems, danced and sing. They all did a great job on their performance. I do think many people were mesmerized by Lauren Cecilia Miller dance routine. It was theatrical and I know most of us felt her passion in her dancing.
Up next was my most favorite part, the evening gowns. These young women gowns were gorgeous. They walked with grace while being escorted by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. They added some humor which made it cute.
The final part of the show was the question and answer. They were all asked the same questions. Some had difficulties with their answer but as strong women they are they didn’t give up. They continued to go on.
But of course there can be only one Miss Black and Gold. Before I get to the winner, Derycka Shirley is Miss Black and Lauren Cecilia Miller is Miss Gold. The young woman who was crowned Miss Black and Gold is Davetta Belton. She did her walk across the stage and then was surrounded by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. which they said their Alpha Phi Alpha Hymn.
This was my first time going to an event like this and I was very delighted to see young women give some words of inspiration and to see that they are very active in their community. It was great to see these young men of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. put together this wonderful pageant and giving these young women an opportunity to shine.
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